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History

History Intent
At St Faith’s we make History an exciting, meaningful and practical learning experience. Children will gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. We aim to inspire children’s curiosity to know and find out more about the past.  

Children develop an awareness of the past, using common words and phrases relating to the passing of time. They will gain an understanding of some of the ways in which we find out about the past, and identify different ways in which it is represented.

 

Implementation of History

We aim to encourage our children to remember knowledge and build on their prior learning by ensuring we carefully consider how knowledge is sequenced. Teachers must understand what pupils must know and be able to do in each subject by the end of each academic year; they must recognise what has come before and what pupils will continue to learn in the next year.

Our curriculum design is based on three main principles:
1) Learning is most effective when spaced rather than blocked.
2) Interleaving helps pupils to discriminate between topics and aids long-term retention. Interleaving is a process where students mix, or interleave, multiple subjects or topics while they study in order to improve their learning.’
3) Retrieval of previously learned content is frequent and regular, which increases both storage and retrieval strength.

Some of our content is subject specific, whilst other content is combined in a cross-curricular approach.

 

Early Years

In the EYFS, the ways in which every child engages with other people and their environment – playing and exploring, active learning, and creating and thinking critically – underpin learning and development across all areas and support the child to remain an effective and motivated learner.

 

Children are taught History through the following areas of learning:

Understanding the World: People and Communities

Children talk about past and present events in their own lives and in the lives of family members. They know about similarities and differences between themselves and others and among families, communities and traditions. (ELG)

Understanding the World: The World

Children make observations.… and explain why some things occur and talk about changes. (ELG)

Communication and Language: Speaking

Children use past, present and future forms accurately when talking about events that have happened, or are to happen in the future. (ELG)

 

Key Stage 1

In accordance with the National Curriculum, children are taught about:

  • Changes within living memory. Where appropriate, these should be used to reveal aspects of change in national life.
  • Events beyond living memory that are significant nationally or globally (for example, the Great Fire of London, the first aeroplane flight or events commemorated through festivals or anniversaries).
  • The lives of significant individuals in the past who have contributed to national and international achievements. Some should be used to compare aspects of life in different periods (for example, Neil Armstrong, Florence Nightingale and Edith Cavell).
  • Significant historical events, people and places in their own locality.

 

In Key Stage 1, History is taught through the half termly topics throughout the year, so that children can achieve depth in their learning. Teachers have identified the key knowledge and skills of each topic, and consideration has been given to ensure progression across topics throughout each year group across the school.

At the beginning of each topic, children are able to convey what they know already as well as what they would like to know or find out. This ensures that lessons are relevant and take account of children’s different starting points. Consideration is given to how greater depth will be taught, learnt and demonstrated within each lesson, as well as how learners will be supported in line with the school’s commitment to inclusion.
Cross curricular outcomes in History are specifically planned for, with strong links between Geography, English and IT identified, planned for and utilised. The local community is fully utilised, as appropriate, to achieve the desired outcomes, with extensive opportunities for learning outside the classroom embedded in practice.

 

The distinctive Christian values of respect, compassion, trust, justice, friendship and community are promoted through the experiences we offer to every child, in all areas of the curriculum.

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